PW – Hey TIN, welcome to Pastel Wasteland. For those who aren’t familiar with your work quite yet, how would you introduce both yourself and your sound?
Hello PW! Thank you so much for having me! I’m an Australian pop queer singer songwriter and I’d say I’m halfway between Troye Sivan and Justin Bieber. In moments I have that ambience of Troye and other times I have the swag of Justin. Overall my music is about the many different aspects of my f**k boy lifestyle, both the fun and sexy times as well as the low and despondent times.
PW – So let’s talk about your new cover of ‘NSync’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’. The video includes a Pokemon threesome, a kiss between Batman and Robin and some armpit licking. Where did the inspiration for the concept come from?
Well the song is about saying goodbye to an ex and I wanted the concept to revolve around posting things on social media that you’d hope an ex would see. The Batman and Robin moment was inspired by a Terry Richardson photo and that sparked the idea of all these hot guys doing seemingly innocent things that are actually really damn sexy. The armpit lick was a reference to a prior music video called Don’t Say His Name!
PW – You also covered another iconic pop track, Spice Girls’ ‘Viva Forever’ back in November. What is it about this era of pop that excites you so much, and why is it important to pay homage in your music today?
I feel this era of music really shaped pop music. The writing, the harmonies, the fun. So much of who I am now as a musician was shaped by this era and these groups – this was my little way of saluting those who came before me.
PW – 2020 and the lockdown in general have been difficult in several ways. What has the last year taught you in terms of both your career and life as a whole?
In terms of my career, I’ve learnt that even though it’s important to plan, it’s also important to be malleable. I had so many plans for 2020 and for a while, I was really attached to it going that way even though my circumstances weren’t allowing for that. So I had to learn to change my plan but still be true to my expression as an artist. In terms of life, I think what I’ve learnt the most is to value down time. Just because I CAN do something, doesn’t mean it serves the greater good to do it!
PW – What are you most excited about for 2021? Any plans in particular you’re excited to share?
I’m excited to finally be releasing original material again!! These two covers have been a ‘warm up’ perse to my original tracks which will eventuate to an EP. I’ve got the whole thing produced but wanted to release them properly. Also soon I’ll be with my boyfriend (and producer aka Lostchild) again!! We’ve had to be long distance for over a year now and it brings me great relief that I found a way to defy so many odds.
PW – What is your favourite way to relax away from making music?
I LOVE BAKING. My guilty pleasure is baked goods (which is not easy when I get sponsored by Andrew Christian). So often I will bake and cook for others or host dinner parties to relieve that addiction hehe.
PW – In terms of the creative journey, in this kind of industry, it can be tough to feel like we’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
I often have to find a balance between growth and my authentic expression. They are both important and one without the other I think often causes stagnation. So on a regular basis I make sure I check in with myself and ask ‘is this having me grow as an artist and is this my authentic expression as an artist?’ For myself, as a musician, I am really out to inspire people to live the lives of their dreams and to fully express themselves and it’s crucial that I am grounded in and coming from that purpose.
My other advice would be not to take your art too seriously! I see so many people in the early stages take themselves WAY too seriously and often miss opportunities as a result. Yes, do what serves you. But until you’re f**king Ariana Grande, I think you can take a risk with a free show or a collab with a nobody, purely for the love of what you do!
PW – And finally, where would we find you on social media, and do you have anything else you’d like to add?
For all except Twitter (I was one character too long), I am under @tinofficialmusic (and @tinofficialau on Twitter). Just thank you for creating a platform for us emerging folk, it’s not easy and your contribution is greatly appreciated 🙂